BRUSLY — Brusly, Livonia and West Feliciana finished 3-0 in their brackets to highlight Tuesday’s sixth Annual Westside Volleyball Jamboree.
The 16-team field featured single games to 25 points or 19 minutes, whichever came first.
Brusly defeated Catholic-Pointe Coupee 21-19, St. John of Plaquemine 25-21 and Plaquemine 26-24. A lively Brusly student section helped bring excitement to the final matches as the Panthers managed two comeback victories.
Livonia defeated Southern Lab 25-18, Donaldsonville 25-12 and False River 25-24.
West Feliciana topped Runnels 25-12, Tara 25-19 and White Castle 25-19.
Port Allen, Southern Lab, St. John and Christian Life finished 2-1. Southern Lab and Christian Life have new coaches in Allisa Hale and Arika Butler, respectively.
“Our front row is pretty big,” Hale said. “We’re working hard to improve and gain confidence on the court. We’ve got to learn to trust each other on the court.”
Southern Lab defeated False River 25-21 and Donaldsonville 22-19. Libero Cambre Pollard, outside hitter Autumn Morre and setter Saije Beady were Kittens’ leaders.
Christian Life edged Family Christian 25-24 when the officials allowed extra time to break the tie. Lea Thompson had the deciding points. CLA also downed Port Allen 25-15.
“We’re led by six seniors and our sophomore setter, Gabby Seguin,” Butler said. “We played with enthusiasm today and anticipate having a good season.”
St. John led Brusly 4-1 in the early going. With the match tied at 10, Brusly’s Brianna Granville had two blocks and two kills to put the Panthers up 17-11. St. John Claire Pearce had a kill and ace. Caitlyn Williams had two kills for Brusly down the stretch.
“St. John beat us twice in summer league, and we knew they were good,” Brusly coach Karen Wooley said. “Plaquemine had a lead on us in the last game, but we rallied thanks to our fan support.”
St. John edged Plaquemine 23-22 and beat CHSPC 25-15.
“We have a rising star in Johnee Leblanc,” said Wooley, who guided Brusly to a 32-7 record and district championship last season. “We’ve still got some things to improve on. We played just well enough to win tonight. Overall, I had good feedback on the jamboree.”
Port Allen defeated Scotlandville 20-15 and Family Christian 23-21.